2018 Speakers


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Costa Avradopoulos

Costa is a recognized thought leader with over 25 years experience in software development, from requirements, to delivery and process engineering. Prior roles include Developer, Tester, Automation Engineer, QA Director, Product Manager, and CTO, managing complex systems of over 100M users in every major industry. A visionary innovator, he has devoted much of his career to emerging technologies, culminating with a breakthrough invention, a patented mobile technology.  Costa is a frequent speaker, and is currently writing a book titled “Winning Mobile Strategies – Bridging the Quality Gap”. 

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Shaun Bradshaw

Shaun is a co-founder and principal of Zenergy Technologies, a software quality and test automation solutions firm with multiple industry experts under one roof and a large testing facility in North Carolina. With over eighteen years in the IT industry, Shaun is a recognized expert and thought leader in QA and test process improvement, test management, and metrics. Shaun has architected the test strategy and managed large teams of testers for numerous projects including a two-year, $70 million ERP implementation that went into production with no major issues. A regular on the QA and testing industry speaking circuit, Shaun has delivered keynotes at the largest testing conference in the U.S. as well as internationally.

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Jenny Bramble 

Jenny came up through support and devops, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team.  Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for my team.  She's done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career.  She finds herself happiest when she's making an impact on other people--whether it's helping find issues in applications, leading scrum, speaking at events, or just grabbing coffee and chatting.  

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Dawn Code

Dawn has been described by some people as the "most passionate tester" they have ever met. She identifies as a "dev/tester", one of those rare people who enjoys coding, though not enough to do it as the job she gets paid for.

Dawn is a lifelong learner who often deep dives into cross-functional topics, finding the 10,000 the ways to "not invent a lightbulb", eventually working her way into fully 'grokking' it.

Her professional career began in bioinformatics, which allowed her to marry her 2 "first loves", genetics and software, and has taken her on a journey from test manager, through full-time developer, and back into testing, along the way becoming a national speaker in testing and test automation.

Her current role with startup Unspecified LLC encompasses her love of testing and test automation with her future goals of utilizing machine learning and cognitive computing for applications.

 

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David Dang

VP of automated solutions for Zenergy Technologies David has been a leading figure in the test automation industry for more than eighteen years. At Zenergy, David spearheads test automation by developing advanced frameworks that emphasize reusability and reduce maintenance efforts. An expert in commercial automation tools and open-source toolsets, he works with more than 130 companies, helping them to mature their UI, services, and mobile test automation. With his foundation in software development, David can quickly grasp complex IT architectures, critical business functions and processes, and cultural dynamics to provide customized automation solutions that provide significant savings for Zenergy’s clients.

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Bob Galen

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob helps guide leaders and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods. Bob is often called “a Coach of Coaches” because of his deep and broad experience in the agile arena. He is director, agile practices at Zenergy Technologies; president of RGCG, LLC; and a frequent speaker at international conferences and professional groups on topics of agile software development. Bob authored Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. A prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster, Bob can be reached at bob@rgalen.com or at LinkedIn.

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Anne Hungate

Anne is the President of Daring Systems, a consulting firm dedicated to helping people and organizations navigate DevOps transformation. 

Prior to founding Daring, Anne was a client side executive driving engineering improvements. Anne led the global quality organization for a large financial services firm where she guided her team through enhanced automation, and increased collaboration. These improvements led to a 50% reduction in operating expense and over $2.5MM in efficiency.

Anne began her career as a software developer and held roles of increasing responsibility-learning that better software engineering starts with better teamwork. Anne has a BS from Miami University and an MBA form Case Western Reserve University. She has held PMP and CSQA designations and is currently certified in DevOps Foundation and DevOps Test Engineering. 

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Ashley Hunsberger

Ashley is a Product Quality Architect at Blackboard, Inc, a leading provider of educational technology.  She loves sharing her experiences in testing and engineering productivity through blogging and speaking at conferences around the world. Using DevOps principles, Ashley has enjoyed being a change agent, helping to provide the tools, processes, and support that enable development teams to deliver software while meeting high quality standards. A life long learner, Ashley is passionate about building communities of interest and practice that will provide a safe place to experiment and learn from failure. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion of women in tech, she loves to give back to the communities that have helped her become who she is by volunteering her time to help coordinate the Selenium Conference. In her spare time, Ashley loves to travel with her family, play field hockey, and quilt! You can follow her on twitter (@aahunsberger) to see her musings on her experiences in testing (and beyond).

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Angie Jones

Angie is a Senior Automation Engineer at Twitter who has developed automation strategies and frameworks for countless software products. As a Master Inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world and leading tech workshops for young girls through Black Girls Code.

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Eran Kinsbruner

Eran is a software quality evangelist at Perfecto and the author of the digital quality handbook as well as a monthly columnist at InfoWorld.com. He is a software engineering professional with nearly 20 years of experience at companies such as Matrix, Qulicke & Soffa, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, Texas Instruments and NeuStar. He holds various industry certifications such as ISTQB, CMMI, and others. Eran is a recognized mobile testing influencer and thought leader, as well as an experienced speaker in the major software engineering conferences. He is also a patent holding inventor (test exclusion automated mechanism for mobile J2ME testing), public speaker, researcher, and blogger. Mr. Kinsbruner can be found all over social media, including on Facebook, Twitter (@ek121268), LinkedIn, and his professional mobile testing blog

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Ron Kuist

Ron, Associate Director Software Test Engineering, is an avid technology enthusiast who enjoys working with organizations to expand and enhance their DevOps culture. He empowers teams by providing training, tooling, and techniques that enable them to create scalable continuous integration and continuous deployment pipelines. Trained as a developer, he has been mentoring teams for the past 15 years on overcoming obstacles to realize their automated deployment goals. In his free time, Ron enjoys spreading his passion for aviation and scuba diving through training and expeditions throughout the world. You can find him teaching flight students at RDU or leading cave diving expeditions in Mexico. If it’s challenging, he’s ready to take it on!

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Kevin Lee

Kevin is the CEO of Kobiton, a mobile device cloud platform start-up based in Atlanta, GA.   Prior to joining Kobiton, Kevin led several technology organizations from startups to large global enterprises through periods of expansion and high growth.

Kevin began his career with Accenture working with software and financial services organizations. Since then, he has worked at companies such as Skylight Financial and Vanco Payment Solutions, focusing on taking ideas or burgeoning businesses from the place they are, to the place they desire to be. These efforts have afforded him the opportunity to spearhead various capital raising and recapitalization efforts, oversee fast-paced hiring and office expansion campaigns, and implement various technical and automation activities to accelerate the scaling of high growth organizations. The results of these ventures have included acquisitions by strategic buyers and an initial public offering (IPO).

Kevin received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. He lives in Atlanta with his two daughters and loving dog, Biscuit.

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Philip Lew

Philip is the CEO at XBOSoft. XBOSoft's software QA and software testing services help their clients deliver products to market faster and with higher quality; an ever-increasing challenge as software not only eats the word, but becomes more complex and prevalent on platforms we have yet to imagine. As a Corporate Executive, Development Manager, Product Manager and Software Engineer, Philip has managed teams to tackle broken processes, develop solutions to difficult problems, and coached other be leaders, managers and experts. He leverages his academic background in operations research, industrial engineering and computer science combined with hands on work experience with programming, predictive modeling and algorithm development to work with clients and colleagues around the world. For his hobbies, he rides a bicycle, and travels the world to quest his thirst for exploration and learning.

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Mike Lyles 

Mike is a QA Director with over 20 years of IT experience in multiple organizations, including Fortune 50 companies. He has exposure in various IT leadership roles: software development, program management office, and software testing. He has led various teams within testing organizations: functional testing, test environments, software configuration management, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization.

Mike has been successful in career development, team building, coaching, and mentoring of IT & QA professionals. He has managed multiple high impact programs simultaneously, on time, and under budget.

Mike has been an international keynote speaker at multiple conferences and events, and is regularly published in testing publications and magazines. Mike’s passion to help others improve and grow, in the field of testing, leadership, and management, is his key motivation. His first published motivational book will be released this year.

You can learn more about Mike at www.MikeWLyles.com where you can also find his social media links and connect with him there also. You can find more on his upcoming book at www.TheDriveThruBook.com.

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Paul Merrill

Paul is Principal Software Engineer in Test and Founder of Beaufort Fairmont Automated Testing Services. Paul works with clients every day to accelerate testing, reduce risk, and increase the value of testing processes with test automation. An entrepreneur, tester, and software engineer, Paul has a unique perspective on launching and maintaining quality products. Check out his monthly test automation webinars on the company website.

 
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Olga Muravyeva

Olga has specialized in Quality Assurance and Testing over the last 14 years with a focus on Test Management. Started in commercial software development domain, she switched to finance industry later, gaining exposure to wide variety of technologies and testing techniques, mostly in functional testing area. Had experience with large scale government projects like building the software for unified national exams and population registration. Special interest is Quality Control and Quality Assurance processes setup and improvement. In her current role, she is responsible for defining and driving the Quality Assurance efforts for a set of enterprise tools for software development lifecycle, and leading local Quality Assurance and Testing community of practice.

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Kennth Pugh

Ken helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean principles to deliver high quality quickly. Ken trains, mentors, and testifies on technology topics from object-oriented design to Linux/Unix. He has written several programming books, including the 2006 Jolt Award winner Prefactoring and his latest: Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration. Ken has helped clients from London to Boston to Sydney to Beijing to Hyderabad. He features Acceptance Test-Driven Development / Behavior Driven Development based on his book.

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Robert Sabourin

Robert has more than thirty-six years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.  Robert is the principle consultant (&president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc.

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Mary Thorn

Chief storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and QualityMary is director of agile practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad agile and testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than nineteen years of experience with healthcare, HR, financial, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A strong leader in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience leading teams through agile adoption and beyond.

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Mark Tomlinson

Mark is currently the Capacity and Performance Engineer on the PayPal Credit DevOps team and is also the producer of the popular performance podcast PerfBytes (www.perfbytes.com). His testing career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical transportation system, a project which captured his interest for software testing, quality assurance, and test automation. After extended work at Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, he has amassed broad experiences with real-world scenario testing of large and complex systems and is regarded as a thought-leader expert in software testing automation with a specific emphasis on performance. Mark also offers assistance to customers adopting modern performance testing and engineering practices.